# Mathematicians Skeptical of Supposed Million-Dollar Proof

There are six outstanding math problems that, if solved, will net you a $1 million reward. On Monday, a highly regarded…

Mathematicians Skeptical of Supposed Million-Dollar Proof

There are six outstanding math problems that, if solved, will net you a $1 million reward. On Monday, a highly regarded…

The 'Scutoid' Is Geometry's Newest Shape, and It Could Be All Over Your Body

Scientists have just defined a new shape called the scutoid (SCOO-toid) while studying epithelial cells, the building…

I Don't Want to Be Good at Math

Not if it means this...

Simulation May Finally Explain Why Knuckle Cracking Makes That Awful Sound

For decades, scientists have debated the cause of the popping sound when we crack our knuckles. Using computer models,…

This Trippy Music Video Is Made of 3D Fractals

What you’re watching isn’t organic, but a computer-generated visualization of complex mathematics. It’s a…

New Research Could Help Bring Secure Quantum Communication to Everyone

In September, the Chinese Academy of Sciences president Chunli Bai, and President Anton Zeilinger of the Austria…

Why Computers Are Having Such a Hard Time With This Deceptively Simple Chess Puzzle

A popular chess problem known as the Queen’s Puzzle has captivated mathematicians and computer scientists for years,…

Scientists Reignite Thirty-Year-Old Debate About Glass With New Calculation

Mathematics is far more fraught with debate and disagreement than you might imagine. Arguments about things some of the…

How Many Chicken McNuggets Are in the Big Chicken?

By now, you’ve definitely seen or at least heard of The Big Chicken. He is large. He contains multitudes. And he is most…

Reminder: Mike Pence Voted Against Recognizing Pi Day

Every year on March 14th, the nerd community gathers ‘round to celebrate the beloved mathematical constant pi. We know…

These Black Female Mathematicians Should Be Stars in the Blockbusters of Tomorrow

The hallways of math and science history are overflowing with the achievements of white men, from Sir Isaac Newton to…

10 Tips to Improve Your Mental Math Ability

Calculators are awesome, but they’re not always handy. More to the point, no one wants to be seen reaching for the…

A Quick Animated History of Why We Use the Numbers We Use

I find the history of numbers so much more fascinating than the application of numbers. Who cares about learning…

If Einstein Is Right Santa Is Even Fatter Than We Thought

There’s a controversial little interpretation of Einstein’s theory of special relativity that could affect what happens…

This Paper Calculator Adds Via a Series of Tubes

Human beings have always created tools for calculating numbers, from the ancient abacus to today’s electronic…

How Much Pee Would It Take to Turn an Olympic Pool Green?

One of the frothiest stories to bubble forth from the shit-tastic Rio Olympics this week was the sudden, inexplicable…

How *Futurama *Made Math and Science Funny

*Futurama *may not make me laugh as hard as other comedies, but its vision of the future and all the shenanigans that…

These Mysterious Ultra-Rare Crystals Probably Formed in Outer Space

Quasicrystals are unusual materials in which the atoms are arranged in regular patterns that nonetheless never repeat…

Sneaky Trick Uses Math Magic to Guess Your Cards

Math is basically magic. So it’s no surprise that a clever use of the Fibonacci numbers—a series of numbers (1, 2, 3,…

Digital Music Couldn't Exist Without the Fourier Transform

This is the Fourier Transform. You can thank it for providing the music you stream every day, squeezing down the images…

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